Rutland City Police start wearing body cameras

Published: Jan. 9, 2023 at 10:08 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 9, 2023 at 5:52 PM EST
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RUTLAND CITY, Vt. (WCAX) - Police in Vermont’s second-largest city are now wearing body cameras.

Over the last several weeks, Rutland officers have been training with the body cams.

Previously, Rutland City police used a vehicle dash-mounted video recording system and each officer wore a microphone that recorded audio.

Now, they have cameras attached to their uniforms that record both video and audio.

They say the goal is to increase transparency and preserve evidence.

“I think it’s the right time. The public is expecting a level of transparency we can provide with the body cameras,” Rutland City Police Chief Brian Kilcullen said.

The cameras and digital storage, which were approved by the city’s board of aldermen, cost about $120,000 a year.

The department says if you’re involved in an incident with Rutland police, you will likely be recorded.